30th Birthday Winter Steam Up a great success!

Although normally closed over the winter, to celebrate 30 years since we first opened on Boxing Day 1983 we ran trains for a few afternoons between Christmas and New Year. Many friends and visitors came along for the opportunity to help celebrate 30 years of steam in the Kensey Valley and as something to do between Christmas and New Year, a week which often seems quite ‘dead’!

On Boxing Day our first locomotive, Lilian, was in steam. The first train 30 years ago was at 2pm with just Lilian and one carriage, and ran to the original end of the railway, ½ mile from Launceston. 30 years on we recreated this train, with the original locomotive, carriage, driver and some original passengers! The current Mayor of Launceston, Dave Gordon, and the Mayor of Launceston from 30 years ago, Arthur Wills, were both in attendance to help us celebrate.

Having run Lilian on Boxing Day, Covertcoat and Dorothea were used to run trains for the remaining three days of operation. Our fourth Hunslet locomotive, Velinheli, is currently winterised and undergoing some work on her injector pipework and filters.

Below can be seen a number of photographs and video from the four days. Looking forward to 2014 we will be reopening just before Easter, and full details of our 2014 times & fares will be available on this website soon.

Lilian runs round at Newmills on Boxing Day 2013, former mayor Arthur Wills on board.  Photo by John Conway.

Lilian runs round at Newmills on Boxing Day 2013, former mayor Arthur Wills on board. Photo by John Conway.

Dorothea and Covertcoat build up a good head of steam for the last train of the day

Dorothea and Covertcoat build up a good head of steam for the last train of the day

Dorothea and Covertcoat at Newmills

Dorothea and Covertcoat at Newmills

A champagne toast to celebrate 30 years of the LSR!  From left to right: Arthur Wills (Launceston Mayor 1983), Carole and Dave Gordon (Mayoress and Mayor of Launceston 2013), Kay and Nigel Bowman (LSR owners).  Photo by Alan Palmer

A champagne toast to celebrate 30 years of the LSR! From left to right: Arthur Wills (Launceston Mayor 1983), Carole and Dave Gordon (Mayoress and Mayor of Launceston 2013), Kay and Nigel Bowman (LSR owners). Photo by Alan Palmer

The crowds gather to celebrate our 30th birthday.  Photo by Alan Palmer

The crowds gather to celebrate our 30th birthday. Photo by Alan Palmer

Lilian brings a Boxing Day train into Launceston.  Photo by Alan Palmer

Lilian brings a Boxing Day train into Launceston. Photo by Alan Palmer

Lilian waits to leave with a Boxing Day train

Lilian waits to leave with a Boxing Day train

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